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This Earth Day, RESCUECON puts at-risk animals front and center

Media Contact:

Carolyn Merino Mullin, OPAC Executive Director




Oxnard, CA - For the first time since the start of the pandemic, the Oxnard Performing Arts Center Corporation (OPAC) welcomes back RESCUECON, a one day event bringing creativity and community together to celebrate and facilitate animal rescue and adoption. The event is free and open to the public and will be held on Saturday, April 22 (Earth Day) from 10 am to 3 pm at the Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center. More information can be found at: theopac.org/rescuecon


RESCUECON is a convention like no other, where the human-animal bond takes center stage. Through animal adoptions and the arts, hands-on workshops, a kid’s area, talks by really amazing people, an artisan marketplace, and so much more, attendees will learn, play, explore, and, above all, refresh their relationship with animals... and each other.


Special activities for 2023 include:

  • Pet adoptions from Ventura County Humane Society, Canine Animal Rescue League, Humane Society of Ventura County, PawWorks, SurfCat Rescue, and others

  • A photography display by Sophie Gamand (Pitbull Flower Power)

  • A Cat Cafe featuring a Crazy Cat Lady Exhibition and ephemera

  • A free wellness clinic by Little Angels Project which will provide exams, microchips, and vaccines. Services are by appointment only and may be scheduled by calling 818-515-5461. Services are funded by Pet Care Foundation.

  • Dog Agility Demonstration with Shannon Riley Coyer

  • Speaker Tent featuring talks on:

    • Preparing for an Emergency w/ Humane Society of Ventura County

    • Dog Body Language Workshop w/ Shannon Riley Coyer

    • Helping Homeless Families and Pets w/ My Dog Is My Home + Buddy Nation

    • Pressing Issues for Canine Companions w/ VCAS + Sophie Gamand

  • A Kid’s Area with hands-on activities, jolly jump, and educational activities


Approximately 6.3 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. RESCUECON is one way to increase animal adoption, promote animal welfare and help create a strong rescue community. The event will also help shed light on other animals in need in our community, including marine animals, wildlife, farmed animals, and others.


RESCUECON has been made possible thanks to support from the Ventura County Community Foundation’s Animal Welfare Fund.



RESCUECON 2023

Saturday, April 22, 2023 | 10 am to 3 pm Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center 800 Hobson Way, Oxnard, CA 93030

Free and open to the public.




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